14 Final touches and resizing
I keep on rendering until I’m happy, turning layers on and off to check that I’m on the right path and not overworking the image. I reserve the final top layer for blending some parts of the painting and detailing others. Once I think that I’m done, I usually resize the image – in this case it’s 18 per cent of its original size – then sharpen it so that the details and textures will pop out, and do some colour and contrast corrections. The tools can be found by selecting Effects> Tonal Control>Brightness/Contrast (press Ctrl+ Shift+B) or Effects>Focus > Sharpen. One final tip: always keep the original file in case you decide to print it.